Programs for care partners & the community

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We provide continuous opportunities for care partners to explore strategies for supporting persons living with dementia, learn the importance of self-care and build networks of support.

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Click on any of the cards at the bottom of this page to learn more about an individual program.

Contact us at 905-687-3914 for more information on any of the programs on this page.

I want to learn

The Alzheimer Society believes in empowering care partners with the knowledge they need to support persons living with dementia and themselves.  We offer a range of educational opportunities to meet your needs.

  • Connections First - get to know the Alzheimer Society and learn a bit about dementia and brain health
  • Next Steps & Care Essentials - this 4 session learning series provides care partners an opportunity to learn more about dementia, develop caregiving strategies, and become familiar with community resources and supports.
  • Caregiver Wellness - monthly education sessions on various topics of interest to care partners
  • Public Forums - open to anyone in the community; regular topics include Advanced Care Planning, Driving & Dementia, Options for Care
  • U-First - a 3-part series for individuals who are supporting someone with behaviour changes due to dementia or cognitive impairment.
  • Positive Approach to Care (PAC) - developed by renowned dementia educator Teepa Snow, PAC aims to help care partners understand brain changes resulting from dementia and learn ways of approach that accommodate for those changes.
  • Finding Your Way - helps people living with dementia, their families, caregivers and communities to recognize the risk of going missing, be prepared for incidents of going missing, and ensure that people with dementia can live safely in the community.

I need support

  • One-on-one counselling - Our Client Support Outreach Services offer individualized support and education by case counsellors with expertise in dementia.
  • Support Groups - We offer a range of support groups for care partners, both virtually and in-person throughout the Niagara Region.
  • Self-Care for the Caregiver - designed to help individuals who are feeling overwhelmed in caring for others and finding it hard to take care of themselves.

I want to stay healthy

We offer a range of programming for both individuals living with dementia and their care partners to help keep you active, both physically and socially.

Education for family and friends

Our educators provide continuous opportunities for care partners to explore strategies for supporting persons living with dementia, learn the importance of self-care and build networks of support.

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Education for the general public

Educational sessions are available to many different groups, including service clubs, businesses, rest & retirement homes, community organizations, schools, colleges and universities.

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Caregiver Wellness

The Caregiver Wellness program provides social and educational opportunities through different workshops in the Staying Connected series.

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Art Expressions

Art Expressions is a painting class for individuals living with dementia and their care partners - no experience required!

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Brain Wave Café

Brain Wave Cafés are a drop-in group offering a welcoming place in the community for people to meet up regularly and share their experiences with their peers. Online option now available!

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Connections First

This program is a 2 hour introduction to the Alzheimer Society where you will learn about our programs and services, as well as normal aging versus dementia.

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Minds in Motion

Minds in Motion® is a physical activity and brain stimulation program for people with dementia and their care partners, delivered in partnership with the YMCA of St. Catharines.

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